Jared Veldheer Comes Out of Retirement; Signed With the Colts Practice Squad

Published 12/11/2023, 12:02 PM EST

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Days after ESPN reported that the Indianapolis Colts brought in veteran offensive tackle Jared Veldheer to work out with the team, it seems now he’s going to have a longer stay with the team. The 36-year-old veteran player retired in 2020 after playing for the Green Bay Packers and the Colts in the same year. Now he has returned to his old team.

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After the brutal 34-14 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, the Colts will be up against 6x Super Bowl winners, the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. If not for their Bengals defeat, they would have been 8-5 instead of the current 7-6, which is the same as the Steelers. Will the new veteran turn things around for the Colts?

Jared Veldheer joins the Colts after 3 years of retirement

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Tom Pelissero, a senior NFL Insider, took to X to share that he has joined Indy again in a bid to help them make it to the playoffs. Veldheer is a veteran player who has appeared in 121 games and started in 114 of them. But this new recruitment comes as a bad sign for right tackle Braden Smith, who had been ruled out with a knee injury. The new sign-up indicates that it’s possible that he will not be seeing action again for a long time.

Veldheer had earlier played for Hillsdale while in college. He was drafted by the Las Vegas Raiders (then known as the Oakland Raiders) in 2010 and was their third-round pick and the 69th overall pick. He last played for the Colts in 2020. In the season finale, the Colts won against the Jacksonville Jaguars but lost to the Buffalo Bills in the Wild Card round.

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In the same year, he announced had announced his retirement. But it would surprise many to learn that it was his second retirement.

Veldheer’s first retirement was in 2021

 

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In August 2021, Veldheer was playing for the Green Bay Packers, when he abruptly retired. He had actually been suspended by the NFL for six games for violating the league’s policy of using a banned substance. He later said that the positive test had resulted from taking a prescription for Clomifene.

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The game against the Steelers has huge implications for the Colts because it will decide if the team will get to win a playoff berth, as the regular season nears completion. The Steelers are currently on a 2-game losing streak and will be looking to end the streak. For the Colts, however, the Bengals loss had ended their four-game winning streak.

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Will they succeed in winning over the Steelers and not recording two straight defeats?

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